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The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special Is Now Streaming on Disney+

The holidays are upon us and Disney+ is kicking off the season with a celebration of our favorite far away galaxy. This year, a brand new Star Wars Holiday Special has been released, albeit with an animated twist. Lucasfilm and Disney+ announced The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special earlier this year, and the debut is finally here. While most Disney+ originals arrive on Fridays, the new Holiday Special was released online first thing Tuesday morning, meaning that it’s now available to stream on Disney+.

This special takes place after the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and sees the young lead characters of the franchise get together to celebrate Life Day. Rey is trying to train Poe in the ways of the Force, which sends her off on a journey to a Jedi temple. Upon arriving, Rey finds a mysterious device that sends her hopping through time,

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  • November 17, 2020
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Cuts force LAPD to downsize special units, focus on patrol

The Los Angeles Police Department in coming months will downsize its specialized units and stop responding in person to traffic collisions and other minor incidents as part of a broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement functions amid new fiscal constraints.

Although specific figures weren’t available Friday, the reshuffling will reduce the size of the vaunted but troubled Metropolitan Division, as well as cut the air support, robbery and homicide and gang and narcotics divisions. The department also will reduce desk hours at its stations, cut special deployments in popular areas such as Venice and Hollywood, and stop staffing teams that cover homelessness issues.

A total of 234 officers will move back into patrol. Station desks will be manned only during weekday hours. Victims of misdemeanor hit-and-run crashes and collisions with minor injuries will be advised to file a report online.

“We need to offload a number of

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  • November 7, 2020
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10 of the Best Quarantine Date Ideas for Safely Celebrating Special Occasions and Milestones

No one could have predicted how COVID-19 would transform life as we know it and impact each of us in so many far-reaching ways. But, that’s not to say there’s nothing worth celebrating anymore. And, when things like anniversaries, graduations, promotions, and birthdays come up with your romantic partner, it’s important to commemorate those wins with special dates—even in quarantine. Doing so safely in 2020, though, requires some serious creativity.

Whether you’re in a new partnership or a long-term relationship, “it’s a lot harder to date while staying safe, but not impossible,” says intimacy coach and sex educator Alex Williams of Sexology Bae. And it’s super important to commit to doing so. Below, Williams offers 10 of the best quarantine date ideas for couples to safely celebrate milestones amid this new normal.

10 of the best quarantine date ideas for safely celebrating milestones.

1. Dinner and a movie

If this

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  • November 3, 2020
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‘Autism’s Got Talent’ show spotlights local performers with special needs

While it’s been a difficult year of isolation for most people during the pandemic, it’s been especially hard on members of the autism community, whose access to schools, recreation, arts and support programs has been limited.

But this month, a small group of San Diego children and adults on the autism spectrum are participating in a fundraising version of “America’s Got Talent” called “Autism’s Got Talent.” Inspired by the original “Autism’s Got Talent” competition in the United Kingdom, it’s a cash prize contest that raises money for Autism Society San Diego.

Joel and Jorie Ellazar, a married couple who served on the society’s “Autism’s Got Talent” committee, said the idea was developed because the pandemic had prevented the society from hosting some of its annual fundraisers this year. Joel Ellazar does public relations for Rock and Roll San Diego, a recording studio that also provides livestreaming, and he came up

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  • October 13, 2020
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‘The West Wing’ Cast Will Reunite for a Voting Special on HBO Max

In today’s TV news roundup, the cast and creator of “The West Wing” will reunite for a voting special, and Syfy greenlit “The Pole,” an animated adult comedy show featuring Bobby Moynihan and Jillian Bell, with Nicole Byer and Colin Jost.

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Somebody Feed Phil,” a show where creator and host Phil Rosenthal travels the world and explores different cuisines, will have its Season 4 premiere Oct. 30 on Netflix. The upcoming season will see Rosenthal travel to Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Singapore, The Mississippi Delta and Hawaii on his food-tasting mission, which also combines comedy into the mix. Rosenthal also serves as an executive producer for “Somebody Feed Phil” alongside Rich Rosenthal, John Bedolis, Christopher Collins and Lydia Tenaglia.

HBO Max revealed a that its upcoming project starring fashion designer Jenna Lyons, “Stylish with Jenna Lyons,” will premiere on

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  • September 22, 2020
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‘Parks And Rec’ Cast Reuniting Again For A ‘Town Hall’ Election Special

The Parks and Recreation cast is reuniting again to help get Joe Biden elected

What did we ever do to deserve not one, but two (TWO!) Parks And Recreation reunions in 2020? Clearly sensing our desperate need for something nostalgic and joyful, the cast of Parks and Recreation has decided to get together again online and this time they’re doing it to help get Trump out of office.

Sorry not sorry to all the “stick to acting and stay out of politics” types, but Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Jim O’Heir, Retta, and show creator Michael Schur are getting together online for a special “Parks and Recreation Town Hall” in support of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Not only did Leslie Knope crush hard on Joe Biden (the Presidential hopeful was also famously in an episode), but Wisconsin is one of several crucial battleground states in the

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  • September 13, 2020
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New Yorkers vote in special contest to reimagine famous Brooklyn Bridge

<span>Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP</span>
Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted much of New York City’s normal rhythms of travel, with many people now hopping on to bicycles rather than the subway. A design competition could now solidify these changes by offering up a revamped version of the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

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The public will be able to vote online over the next week for one of six finalist designs chosen for the bridge, which opened in 1883 to connect Brooklyn and Manhattan and has since become a popular magnet for tourists as well as vital route for commuters.

The New York city council launched the design competition earlier this year, along with the non-profit architectural organization Van Alen, amid concerns the bridge was becoming overcrowded and cumbersome for users.

An average of 16,500 pedestrians crossed the bridge each day last

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Make This Labor Day Weekend Special By Renting An RV

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Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it, and the end-of-summer holiday is the perfect chance to take one last vacation with your family before the kids are back in school.

If you’ve been itching for a change of scenery but have concerns about traveling during the coronavirus crisis, RV travel is a fun, affordable way to explore the country while still practicing social distancing. And thanks to RVshare, renting an RV has never been easier.

RVshare is the world’s first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, with over 100,000 listings across the country with rentals ranging from travel trailers to luxury motorhomes. Renters can use RVshare’s listing filters to find the perfect RV that suits all of their vacation, tailgate or temporary lodging needs.

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Love Island UK is returning for some special episodes

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Cosmopolitan

This summer has been a weird one for obvious reasons, with one of the more trivial differences being the lack of UK Love Island. But all that is (sort of) about to change, thanks to ITV2’s upcoming Love Island specials.

At the beginning of May, news spread of Summer Love Island being pulled due to coronavirus. In a statement, Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said producers had tried to come up with ways of making it work in the current climate, but that it wasn’t possible to safely go ahead.

“We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority,” the statement read.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

“In normal circumstances we would be preparing very soon

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The Musette: A cycling shoe special

The Musette is Cyclingnews’ weekly curation of the world’s best cycling gear. Here, we’ll take a look at pro-level equipment, bikes and components, alongside some of the most desirable clothing and newest accessories in the world of cycling. This week, more by coincidence than anything else, the Musette has become a cycling shoe special. Both Josh and Graham have received an assortment of new shoes as they look to perfect our buying guides to the best cycling shoes and best gravel bike shoes. 

It’s been business as usual for tech at Cyclingnews. A busy week was kicked off by Aaron, who has really upped his pain cave game with the Saris MP1 Nfinity Platform. He later shared his opinions on Vision’s SC wheels, having ridden and tested the entire range over the last few months.

Colin then stepped up with his detailed review of the heat-mouldable Bont Vaypor

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